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Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Irreversible’ Damage

The Great Barrier Reef will suffer “irreversible” damage by 2030 unless radical action is taken to lower carbon emissions, a stark new report has warned. Unless temperatures are kept below the internationally agreed limit of 2°C warming on pre-industrial levels, the reef will cease to be a coral-dominated ecosystem, the report warns. Coral bleachi… Read More

China’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter

China’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter

Chinese scientists have warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country's food supply. Beijing and broad swaths of six northern provinces have spent the past week blanketed in a dense pea-soup smog that is not expected t… Read More

6 Degrees: Wildfire Risks, Climate Change Prep & More

6 Degrees: Wildfire Risks, Climate Change Prep & More

This week in climate news explores the growing risks of wildfires, how to prep for climate change, plus more.… Read More

Year Begins with Unusual Amount of Extreme Weather

Year Begins with Unusual Amount of Extreme Weather

There have been heat waves in Slovenia and Australia; snow in Vietnam and the return of the polar vortex to North America. Britain has had its wettest winter in 250 years but temperatures in parts of Russia and the Arctic have been 10°C above normal. Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere has had the warmest start to a year ever recorded, with millions… Read More

NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change

NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change

As part of a rate plan settlement with New York's largest utility, the state Public Services Commission said it expects all of New York State's utilities to address climate change preparations in the future expansion and construction plans. … Read More

6 Degrees: A Little Hot, A Little Cold and a Little TV Time

6 Degrees: A Little Hot, A Little Cold and a Little TV Time

Find out what happened this week in the world of climate news and research.… Read More

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

The UK faces fines of up to $500 million a year and embarrassing court appearances after the European commission launched legal proceedings against it for failing to reduce "excessive" levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution from traffic, despite 15 years of warnings and several extensions and postponements granted to the government. Other … Read More

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind power may have prevented rolling blackouts in Texas as power demand spiked during winter cold spells in January and February. In a changing climate, wind power is seen as part of the solution to weaning the country away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Wind power may even begin to compete on its own directly with natural gas as a maj… Read More